Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival Burger & Beer Blast 2019

by Katie Schlientz

Summer’s Best Block party returns to Kensico Dam Plaza with everyone’s favorite summer evening, Burger & Beer Blast 2019.

A signature event during Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival, Burger & Beer Blast takes place Thursday, June 6th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and features some of the County’s juiciest burgers. The competition will be fierce as ticket holders vote for their preferred burger throughout the evening and at night’s end, one restaurant will receive the Heineken Light Best Burger Award. New this year will be the first-ever Judges Choice Award. A celebrity judges’ panel comprised of radio host and restaurant expert Kate Schlientz of IntoxiKate, Lisa LaRocca of News 12’s Lunch with Lisa, Brad Garoon of Burger Weekly and Westchester Magazine’s own John Turiano will decide which restaurant takes home this new award based on burger creativity, presentation, and taste.

As the event’s Official Ground Beef Sponsor, Mosner Family Brands, a third-generation, family-owned and operated meat purveyor, is providing beef for participating restaurants. Mosner Family Brands is one of the pioneers of the local food movement, having promoted New York State and regional farms dedicated to improving farm and animal welfare for more than five decades.

The Empire City Casino Tent will once again offer festival-goers a taste of gaming and gambling with “funny money,” plus tasty bites and drinks. Ticketholders can test their luck at the Blackjack, Craps and Roulette tables or relax in the lounge-style furniture to take a break from the fun.

The Mercedes-Benz of White Plains Slovenia Vodka Lounge will feature a selection of cocktails prepared with Slovenia Vodka and an up-close look at some of the most luxurious vehicles on the road today.

“Festival-goers should bring their appetites to this fan favorite event. Sample sliders of every possible variety, grab a brew and enjoy a great night with friends at a spectacular outdoor venue,” said Westchester Magazine Publisher Sam Wender. “Get your tickets now for the ultimate block party.”

The complete list of restaurants serving up burgers is:

·      3 Westerly Bar & Grill (Ossining)

·      808 Social (Scarsdale)

·      AJ’s Burgers (New Rochelle)

·      Bread & Brine (Hastings-on-Hudson)

·      BV’s Grill (Nyack)

·      Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (Elmsford)

·      Castle Hotel & Spa (Tarrytown)

·      Coals Pizza (Bronxville and Port Chester)

·      Cooked & Co (Scarsdale)

·      Cooper’s Mill (Tarrytown)

·      Dolphin Restaurant (Yonkers)

·      Iron Vine (Peekskill)

·      L’Inizio (Ardsley)

·      Mima Vinoteca (Irvington)

·      North End Tavern (New Rochelle)

·      Piper’s Kilt (Eastchester)

·      Prime 16 (Pelham)

·      RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen (Tarrytown)

·      Rye Roadhouse (Rye)

·      Shake Shack (Yonkers)

·      Smokehouse Tailgate Grill (New Rochelle)

·      Southern Table (Pleasantville)

·      The Horse & Hound Inn (South Salem)

·      The Pub (Yonkers)

·      The Rare Bit (Dobbs Ferry)

·      The Tavern at Croton Landing (Croton-on-Hudson)

·      The Whitlock (Katonah)

·      The Wooden Spoon (New Rochelle)

·      Wellington’s Grill (Harrison)

·      X20 Xaviars on the Hudson (Yonkers)

FDR Drive will keep the party going throughout the evening with live music and an assortment of food trucks and dessert booths serving burger alternatives will also be on hand. These include Abeetz Pizza Truck, The Burger Truck, Jimmy’s Soft Serve, Longford’s Ice Cream and Westchester Burger Co.

Westchester Magazine’s Burger & Beer Blast proudly supports Westchester Parks Foundation, committed to the preservation and conservation of 18,000 acres of parks and trails.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Visit www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood for complete details on ticket sales.

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